Coming Too Late to Accessibility Awareness

This past week, while attending some sessions at DMAC, I’ve been encountering some top-notch scholars whose work focuses on accessibility and disability. As a relatively you scholar, I’ve not spent nearly enough time, attention, or energy on making my work accessible to the widest range of scholars/readers as possible. I’d like to begin paying more attention to those sorts of concerns as I continue to produce work for this blog, digital texts, and other professional documents.

So, I wanted to see what it would be like to put together a short text with captioning. I just recorded the video below with my webcam, uploaded it to YouTube, and then use CaptionTube to caption the video. I’ve got a couple comments below, but here’s the video first:

I have two brief thoughts.

First, when you try this with your first video, do a very, very short one. This one is almost 7 minutes long. Way too big a project for experimenting. Second, I also just saw that YouTube offers (in beta, anyways) some automated closed captioning. I’m going to have to see how that works. I really can’t imagine producing closed captioning for each of my video posts. Yikes.

But I’m going to do a reflection on this one, again with my webcam, and post it soon.

In the meantime, here’s a link to one of Melanie’s texts, a handout she produced to assist with learning to use CaptionTube, one of Brenda’s books, and a web page showcasing some of the work she’s done with the Digital Archives of Literacy Narratives project.

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